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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2020, 02:16:44 pm »
You could do it (if you can get the new map editor to work, that is), but Blizzard will own your work.

Definitely not an objective truth, as it depends on local laws. For example in Germany this would got laughed out of court, as creative rights are non-transferable (as they damn should be, because you know, reality ensues).

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2020, 08:44:04 pm »
I wouldn't worry to much about ownership, Blizzard is just one company.  There are whole countries with the mindset:  "All your (creative works) are belong to us."   :P

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2020, 10:34:50 pm »
I wouldn't worry to much about ownership, Blizzard is just one company.  There are whole countries with the mindset:  "All your (creative works) are belong to us."   :P
When a huge multibillion company steals ideas and user maps made by kids something is really wrong  :o

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2020, 02:58:01 pm »
When a huge multibillion company steals ideas and user maps made by kids something is really wrong  :o

Yes, the law, duh.

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2020, 03:47:41 pm »
The rich and powerful make the laws.  If those that make the laws aren't rich and powerful, they soon will be.  In some countries, they hold political office directly such as emperors, kings, lords, dukes, and whatnot.  In other countries, they have their servants (read politicians) hold the office for them.  All political systems in reality boil down to this, despite what you may have learned in school.   :o


PS  I am not cynical that's just an unsubstantiated rumor!   :P

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2020, 04:17:29 pm »
The rich and powerful make the laws.  If those that make the laws aren't rich and powerful, they soon will be.  In some countries, they hold political office directly such as emperors, kings, lords, dukes, and whatnot.  In other countries, they have their servants (read politicians) hold the office for them.  All political systems in reality boil down to this, despite what you may have learned in school.   :o
When governments set up taxes too high, like taking everything people make and turning population into slaves, such governments historically always failed and ceased to exist. The most recent example is USSR. People were stripped of rights and taken everything they made, therefore they had no incentive to make anything, yet sabotaged heavily any government effort. Same is happening with corporations, which don't respect their customers and employees. That is like a law of physics, which they should teach in management classes.

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #36 on: February 15, 2020, 06:21:11 pm »
Same is happening with corporations, which don't respect their customers and employees.

They don't really respect their shareholders either, when the CEO and his/her cronies can get away with it at least.  Employees probably have it worst with customers and shareholders on the same level.  But with one crucial difference:  It is relatively hard to screw over a few shareholders without screwing them all.  The opposite is true for customers.  Few care if a few customers get the shaft, but they can't screw all the customers for long.  Eventually that screws the shareholders too, and they wake up and replace the CEO.  The former CEO's cronies get weeded out too.  No guarantee that their replacements will be any better but the odds get better the crappier they were.  Kind of like weeding out rookies!  But the bad news is that those bad apples will find their way into upper management at another corporation shortly.

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2020, 07:23:02 pm »
They don't really respect their shareholders either
That is the main problem: lack of work ethics.

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2020, 09:34:44 pm »
While searching for what games recently got remasters, stumbled upon the near perfect Quake 2 remaster. The level geometry is intact, but they added modern light system and material info for textures. They actually put a lot of effort into these textures, compared to the blurry mess of WC3 remaster, which turned out looking worse than the original low res textures. Apparently Blizzard is the only one company having management and art troubles.


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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #39 on: February 17, 2020, 09:49:31 pm »
First time I've seen a 3 page thread where all but 3 contributors are currently online.   :)

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Re: What happened to Blizzard?
« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2020, 09:46:45 pm »
The only good thing about the reforged (character models), was done by a Malaysian company Lemon Sky Studios, which apparently did cinematics for previous Blizzard games:
https://www.lemonskystudios.com/

Should have outsourced the whole remaster I guess.

I think the main mismanagement is that Activision tried to enforce single corporate culture onto all its sub-parts and just throwing people between departments at random, which naturally led to a disaster, with key professionals, like Metzen, being fired or leaving on their own. That problem seems to be here since the Mythical Man Month book, about the disaster at IBM, when they tried to speedup project development by throwing at it irrelevant people from different departments or just hired newbies, without any training and team building. It sometimes works with football teams, where they play a game with well defined rules, but fails bad for software and art projects.

The right solution would have been diversifying like Google, which created Alphabet super company to avoid mixing one brand with another, and to limit PR disaster to just one brand, in case some "google car" crashes into a wall. And to also have separate well trained teams on each project. Blizzard was known for PC strategies and RPGs with very good multiplayer, and their whole fan following was mostly PC gamers, so using the same brand to diversify into smartphone and console market was just retarded since the beginning. But then they used that brand to address their original fan base with irrelevant smartphone games. Even to non-business people it would have been obvious what could have happened. That means modern Blizzard management is either detached from reality, having some mass psychosis, or that is some sabotage from competitors, who bribed management into destroying the company (it is rumored that say Amiga was destroyed by Microsoft by bribing one manger).